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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

PHILADELPHIA | Heather Ujiie: Terra Incognita at Rowan University Art Gallery

Start Date: 11/7/2018 3:00 PM EST
End Date: 11/7/2018 5:00 PM EST

Venue Name: Rowan University Art Gallery

301 West High Street
Glassboro, NJ  United States  08028

Organization Name: ArtTable

ArtTable PA
Email: programs@arttable.org
Phone: 212 343 1735 Ext. 13

Members and Guests

Join ArtTable for a talk with artist Heather Ujiie about her work and her inspirations for her exhibition Terra Incognita. A reception will follow.

The artist’s work blends the disciplines of textiles, fashion design and visual art to create an ethereal, imaginary, and mythological world. 

Three mythological deities and animal hybrid forms - The Goddess, The Demon, and the Warrior - dominate this world revealing the power of the female voice which can be at once loving and nurturing, while simultaneously conjuring mythologies around the femme fatale. Digitally-printed murals evoke narratives which question the human relationship to the fragile natural world, and the destruction of ecological systems, in our evolving planet.

In this installation, Ujiie builds upon the imagery found in Hieronymus Bosch’s painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights, and infuses it with her own vision inspired by botanical studies, living networks, sexual identities, and commonalities between living creatures. Much of what the artist is currently creating has evolved out of re-contextualizing historic printed cloth, and illuminated manuscript paintings from the Moghul Empire, to contemporary symbols of the feminine in global cultures. 

A Bucks County, PA resident, Ujiie grew up in NYC’s Greenwich Village, part of a family of artist educators, and believes her creativity comes from a lively bohemian childhood. Her installations have been exhibited at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Delaware Art Museum, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Racine Art Museum, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia International Airport, and the prestigious Wind Challenge Award Exhibition at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial Museum. As a designer, she has more than 15 years of experience creating printed textiles for the high-end home furnishing and apparel markets. Her commercial designs have been used in such projects as decorating The White House private residence for President and Mrs. George W. Bush.

Ujiie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Art from the State University of New York/New Paltz; an Art-Education K-12 degree from Brooklyn College; and an Associate’s Degree in Textile Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is on the faculty of Moore College of Art & Design and has design experience for dance, theatre, and textiles.

The gallery is located at 301 High Street West, Glass. Free 2-hour public parking is available in the Mick Drive Parking Garage across the street from the gallery. Admission to the gallery, lecture, and reception is free and open to the public. Call 856-256-4521 or visit www.rowan.edu/artgallery.

This exhibition is presented with the generous support of The Coby Foundation and The Joseph Robert Foundation. Support for programming at Rowan University Art Galleries is also made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thank you to Mary Salvante, Curator, Director, Rowan University Art Gallery, for organizing this program.

Image caption: Symbiosis, Hybrid Matrix, The Demon

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